Dudley Park to host free screening of ‘The Fifth Element’

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Believe it or not, there was a time between the “Star Wars” prequels and the ascent of Marvel Studios when people flocked to see big-budget, science-fiction action movies based on characters and plots no one had heard of before, including one that was written by a 16-year-old French kid.

On Aug. 13, Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services will host a free screening of 1997’s $263-million blockbuster “The Fifth Element” as part of their ongoing “Movies By Moonlight” film series. The outdoor show is scheduled to take place at 8:30 pm at Dudley Park.

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According to a news release from Leisure Services, the screening will take place in the earthen amphitheater adjacent to the restroom building near the Firefly Trail. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, and all park rules will be enforced (dogs always on leash, no alcohol, no smoking and no grills or cooking).

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